Britain adopts 'more cooperative approach' to dealins with OT's
Sat 20 November, 2010
Britain is adopting a â€śmore cooperative approachâ€? to its dealings with its overseas territories.
A Cabinet Office statement issued after the end of the annual Overseas Territories Consultative Council meeting in London, quoted Bermudaâ€™s Premier Paula Cox as saying that â€śthere was cautious optimismâ€? from the leaders of the British Overseas Territories attending the meeting.
The statement said issues discussed at the Overseas Territories Consultative Council â€” the first since Britain elected a new coalition government â€” included the UK's relationship with its territories, criminal justice, the environment and identity and passport services.
Cox is quoted as saying that â€śat the conclusion of all meetings, there appeared to be a clear change in tone from Her Majesty's Government that signalled a more co-operative approach to matters of both concern and cooperationâ€?.
Leaders of seven of the 14 territories were at this year's Overseas Territories Consultative Council - the 12th since the meetings began in 1999.
Before the Overseas Territories Consultative Council meeting, the leaders met with Queen Elizabeth.
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